Citizen Staff Reports 12/03/12
Maggie Walker Governor’s School senior Saumil Bandyopadhyay, of Henrico, is one of six national finalists for a $100,000 award from the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students. Bandyopadhyay’s research focused on an infrared photodetector, with potential applications in car collision avoidance and mine detection. He has applied for a US patent for his project.
Student Diante’ Ryals, of Richmond, spent Thanksgiving break serving others as part of James Madison University’s Alternative Thanksgiving Break program. Ryals joined a group of eight students who worked with the Medici Project in Atlanta, Ga., specifically with an agency called Safehouse, which supports and works with at-risk children such as teenager mothers or children of incarcerated parents. JMU’s Alternative Break Program provides learning opportunities for students outside of the classroom. Trips occur at Thanksgiving, spring break, in May and on various weekends throughout the year.
Kayla Adams and Raymond Bucklew, of Richmond, recently were named to the dean’s list for the fall 2012 semester at Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.
The following students have been accepted at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. for the fall 2013 semester: Grayson Shelly and Dylan Shellhammer, of Deep Run High School; Sarah Burden, of Freeman High School; Alexis Riddick, of Varina High School; and Taylor Brill, of the Steward School.
Former Sandston resident Mildred Taylor celebrated her 106th birthday Aug. 9. Taylor, who now lives in Powhatan, is still a member of Sandston Baptist Church. She was visited the day after her birthday by several members of the church, who played for her a recording of the entire church membership singing happy birthday to her during worship. > Read more.
YMCA officials gathered last week to break ground on the new Tommy J. West Aquatic Center at the Shady Grove Family YMCA on Nuckols Road. The center, which will featured 7,600 square feet of competitive and recreational space, including water slides, play areas for children and warmer water for those with physical limitations, is the fourth phase of a $4 million expansion at the facility. West was president and CEO of Capital Interior Contractors and a founding member of the Central Virginia Region of the Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors. > Read more.
The Sandston Rotary Club recently donated $1,000 to the Sandston YMCA for its Bright Beginnings program, which helps provide children in need with school supplies for the new school year. > Read more.
‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ fails to capitalize on tasty concept
The Hundred-Foot Journey is a curious little Romeo and Juliet of a film. A family, forced out of their native India, begins a trek across Europe.
The family’s sole mode of transportation sputters and dies in a sleepy little French town, but the town’s food culture is high, and that’s a perfect place for a family of restaurateurs to settle down. There’s only one problem – the family’s rustic “Maison Mumbai” is right across the street (a hundred feet away, if the title didn’t clue you in) from a prestigious French bistro with a Michelin star, run with an iron fist by the dreaded Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren, pictured).
It’s here that a particular Romeo and Juliet story begins to develop, with Hassan (Manish Dayal) on the Indian side and Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon) on the French side. > Read more.
Enjoy the final days of summer with comedian Guy Torry, the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour or mystery writer Mary Miley Theobald at Twin Hickory Library. Another great way to welcome the beginning of fall is to check out the UR Spider Football season opener with man’s best friend. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.
Short Pump brewery offers more than just beer
I am still (happily) thinking about my entire experience at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery last week. Knowing nothing about this new brewery out of Denver, I was leery of brew-pub in the heart of Short Pump Town Center – this is not what I’d usually think of as a perfect fit, and yet, it was.
The restaurant and craft brewery opened in early June and features 10 beers made by female brewmaster Becky Hammond (pictured). This is the restaurant’s second location in Virginia; the first is in Arlington. Behind glass walls, customers watched the beer brewing in massive steel barrels. For our up-and-coming beer region, it makes sense that Short Pump would jump on board.
As I walked up to the back of the mall near the comedy club, I was taken aback by what I saw: at the top of the stairs was an overflowing restaurant with outdoor seating, large umbrellas and dangling outdoor lights. > Read more.
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CalendarThe Henrico County Community Author Showcase, a new program that connects writers and readers in the community, will begin at 7 p.m. and continue on Thursdays at various libraries. Shannon… Full text